NASM Certified Personal Trainer, Kristen Kennedy, explains why cool-downs are important to your exercise regimen. She also explains how you can properly cool-down after breaking a sweat.
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Benefits of Cooling Down Kristen Kennedy: Benefits of cooling down, there is a lot of them. It actually decreases soreness, which you do not want to have the next day, it's not a good feeling. At the same time it is a good feeling but you don't want too much of it, so you roll out of bed the next morning and you can't get out of the bed, that's when it becomes a problem. It's because you didn't stretch as well and drink much water. So you need to stretch and drink plenty of water to get the best result out from your workout, not be a sore the next day. It also decreases dizziness and nausea, and it just gets you through your workout a little bit better and lets you leave the gym without being so hot and not being able to cool down as much, when you're at home. Say you're done with a strength-training workout; you just go and basically stretch. Now that's with the strength-training workout. If you are doing cardio, you need to cool down on a cardio piece; you need to just take it to a nice smooth walk. Strength training, just kind of lay back into a stretch or do the stretches that I showed you before, either hamstring stretches or quad stretches, holding those for about 30 seconds to almost a minute and then you'll get the best stretch out from that. And then cardio, I would just, once you're done with the treadmill, doing a very low level, then you can get a few stretches from that, I mean you'll probably want to work your legs and stretch it from there.

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